CFLAA Legends of the Game Profile – George Reed

George Reed is one of the all-time great running backs to ever play in the CFL. After starring at Washington State, Reed ventured north to the Saskatchewan Roughriders with college teammate Hugh Campbell.

Reed played his entire 13-year professional football career for the Roughriders and his #34 jersey has been retired by the club.

In 203 regular season games, Reed retired the CFL leader in rushing yards (16,116), rushing touchdowns (134), and touchdowns scored (137).  In 2004, Mike Pringle tied Reed’s total of 137 career touchdowns.

Voted the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 1965, Reed was also named the MVP of the 1966 Grey Cup 1966 when Saskatchewan defeated Ottawa.

A nine time CFL all-star, Reed also made his presence felt off the field. In 1972, while still an active player, Reed became the fourth president of the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA). He continued to be the CFLPA president until 1981. He returned for a second term from 1986 to 1993.

Reed added to his trophy case when he was awarded the Member of the Order of Canada in 1978, Canada’s highest civilian honour. In 1979, Reed was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

George Reed passed his love of athletics down to his daughter Georgette. During the 1992 Summer Olympics, Georgette represented Canada in the shot-put competition.

George Reed’s dedication to on-field and off-field excellence continues to make him a well-respected member of the community and a Saskatchewan Sports Icon.

Article by Tony Playter

Picture Courtesy The Canadian Press

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